Brian, the Thoughtful Voice among Western idol fans, added a great post this morning over at his very own supremenothing.com. What’s it about? If the headline weren’t a dead giveaway, I’d tell you, but you can read and are intelligent!
The gist: If we want idols to cater to us, market to us, make things available to us, come visit us, etc., we have to show them our numbers. And though we’re up to some other efforts to prove our existence, the actual simplest thing to do is to buy international releases — not Japanese domestic, though CD Japan and whatnot appreciates it, but the stuff that is specifically being sold to us. Like:
The realest point:
When Babymetal’s first album debuted at number one on iTunes international metal charts, that was an event that made their record label and their management take notice that there was a very real market underway here. The eventual worldwide success of Babymetal, and the reason why it actually became feasible to see them live on your soil, started becoming a truly tangible thing that day. It made news over here and in Japan. It made Senpai notice us, you dig?
So go read the whole thing, nod vigorously in agreement with what Brian wrote because it is correct, leave an encouraging comment that may or may not include swears, then come back here and continue on:
We have the #NewIdolArmy situation to throw down on Friday, which PassCode has unwittingly chosen as the day of their North American release. But that’s okay! Brian suggested, and I agree, that we can and should do something visual and social over the weekend, too, to show off that we’re fans and we’re here and willing to support PassCode’s efforts outside of Japan.
Remember #PassCode1026メジャーデビュー, which they were using around the release of “MISS UNLIMITED” to build buzz and get people into that contest for the signed posters (i.e., the ONE THAT I DIDN’T WIN)? Let’s not use that, but how about something like #HackersInternational or (sorry, everybody else) #PassCodeNorthAmerica, with photos of us looking like doofuses holding maps marking where we are?
Or something? Just go ahead and say out loud what you think sounds good (and, notably, whether you’d participate). And is Saturday good? I realize that it’s one day after BiS, but it’s not like snap-photo-upload-tweet-or-post-on-Facebook is a massive expenditure of energy. And at least one of you must be an admin of the PassCode fans Facebook group, yes?